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On This Day | Great Chilean Earthquake-Tsunami | May 22, 1960 - 60 years ago


1960 Great Chilean Tsunami: In an M9.5 earthquake, the largest recorded this century, the pressure between two major convergent plates finally gave way, vibrating all the way to the Earth’s core. Several shocks caused the land to sink as much as 7 feet and rise as much as 13 feet in different places. A destructive Tsunami spread up the coast and across the Pacific Ocean at speeds up to 442 miles per hour. The tsunami reached Hawaii in 15 hours killing 61 people and 8 hours later, struck the Japanese coast, killing 185 more. A volcano in Chile also became active and erupted.

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